Power of silence
releasing soul to the light
© Carolyn Hastings 2021
In one of her recent prompts, Dennett posed the question, What does power mean to you? Accompanying her words were two photos she’d snapped of a massive alligator lurking in the waters near her home in Florida.
By any measure, a 7-foot alligator is a powerful force to be reckoned with but what struck me more than anything was the silence. I pictured myself being the one holding the camera watching ‘the king of his world’ glide through the water with barely a ripple disturbing the surface. Not a ripple. Not a sound. Silence. Silence is his defense. Silence is his weapon. Silence is his power.
It got me thinking about silence. The power of silence and what that means to me. It got me thinking about the power of thought. Reflection. Meditation. Prayer. It got me thinking about how we facilitate this through silence. The silence of being alone with our thoughts. And the silence that comes from switching off the buzz of the world and focusing our thoughts, like converging laser beam pinpoints, when we pray in group intercession.
It got me writing.
The first three lines of my tanka came easily. I could have left it at that. Settled for a haiku. But I knew there was more. I wanted to embrace the silence in solitary and communal meditations. The last two lines went through several iterations. I thought I had them right but then my heavenly muse, Lynda, popped in and changed the last three words. She was right — she always is. She was gone before I could thank her — off to help someone else in need — that’s what she does — but while she was with me, there was light. 💛